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Noosa and Sunshine Coast

Maroochydore is best known for its sensational beaches, river precinct, shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities. A long walking track runs from Sunshine Plaza to Cotton Tree and through Alexandra Headland, right up to Mooloolaba, and is always pulsing with people stolling, jogging and cycling along the waterfront.

When you holiday in Caloundra, the laid-back atmosphere and the playful sounds of your family enjoying the sunshine will echo in your memory forever. As Australia’s Tidiest Town, the stunning coastal paths and well-maintained boardwalks allow daily life to unfold in a haze of sand, scooter-happy trails, grassy picnic spots and family football or cricket matches. And it all takes place to the constant soundtrack of surf in the background.

There’s a special magic about Maleny that will cast a lingering spell over you when you visit. Stunningly green, undulating dairy country dotted with cows, is interspersed with pockets of remnant rainforest, and offset by breathtaking birds-eye views of the Glass House Mountains, creating an exceptionally pretty holiday destination.

There’ll never be a shortage of things to see and do on your Sunshine Coast visit. With glorious sunny days and warm water most of the year, its an ideal place for outdoor sports and recreation, alfresco dining, hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, cycling, golfing and shopping. Whether your ideal holiday is spending all day horizontal on the beach under a clear blue sky, hiking in the hinterland, or fishing by a peaceful river, you’ll find the Sunshine Coast is, in many ways, a populated nature reserve.

With national parks, beautiful beaches, lakes, river and hinterland, Noosa is a perfect playground for heart-pumping activities such as surfing, kite-surfing, kayaking, diving, horse riding, jet-skiing, abseiling, skydiving, hiking, sailing, mountain biking, wakeboarding and much more. Right at our doorstep are World Heritage listed Fraser Island and the Noosa Everglades, The Hinterland and when it’s time to party there’s plenty of night-life and world class events.

Accommodation on the Sunshine Coast is renowned around the world for its superb quality, winning locations and incredible variety. Choose from hundreds of options along the coast with many boasting unforgettable water views. Or for an invigorating hinterland experience, there’s a different style of accommodation — much of it encompassing sweeping country views or rainforest settings in close proximity to pretty hinterland villages, but still only about 30 minutes from the beach.

Coastal towns like Noosa, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Coolum and Caloundra offer a mix of luxury resorts, stylish apartments, spacious holiday houses, beachside caravan parks and camping areas, as well as backpacker hostels. Visitors often comment that with so much accommodation on offer, the Sunshine Coast still feels pleasantly uncrowded rather than built up. There are no high-rise in the hinterland, just a sweet selection of charming B&Bs, friendly farmstays, eco-lodges, cabins and boutique retreats, for a wonderfully soul-nurturing stay.

AIR -

Sunshine Coast Airport offers direct multiple daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne with airline partners Jetstar and Virgin Australia, with connecting services from all major Australian capital cities. Seasonal Auckland-Sunshine Coast (AKL-MCY) direct flights were successfully introduced from 2012, with Air New Zealand flying non-stop to Sunshine Coast Airport from June to January this year. Noosa is a convenient 30 minute drive north of Sunshine Coast Airport which provides a range of ground transport options including rental cars, taxis, bus transfers, public buses and hotel shuttles. For further details see www.SunshineCoastAirport.com.au

Brisbane Airport is Queensland’s domestic and international gateway, with over 200 flights departing and arriving daily. There are a number of bus services to and from Brisbane Airport.

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Noosa is an easy 1 ½ hour drive north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway. Take the turn-off at Eumundi and follow the signs along the Eumundi-Noosa Road. If you’re arriving from the North, Noosa is around 1 hour south of Gympie. Just continue on the Bruce Highway out of Gympie and turn off at Cooroy then follow the signs along the Cooroy Noosa Road until you reach Noosa.

Greyhound Australia operates an extensive bus network around Australia, with Noosa a popular stop for many travellers. For details on schedules and rates visit www.greyhound.com.au

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Although there are no toll roads in Noosa* or the Sunshine Coast, there are five toll roads in and around Brisbane. If you travel on any of them on your way to and from Noosa, you can pay the toll online before you travel or up to 72 hours after travel – there are no toll booths or toll gates and the tolls are automatically calculated as your vehicle passes each toll point. Costs vary depending on the road and type of vehicle. Failure to pay incurs a fine.

Several payment options are available through Flowtoll and Go Via including toll accounts, passes and tags. Accounts can be used on any toll road in Australia and passes are valid for all toll roads in Queensland. Please contact them for the option that best suits you:

Govia P: 13 33 31 W: govia.com.au

Flowtoll P: 07 3046 4191 W: flowtoll.com.au

*This information does not apply to the vehicular ferry across Noosa River to Noosa North Shore. A fee applies each way for all vehicles travelling to and from Noosa North Shore via the Noosa North Shore Car Ferry – this fee is only payable by cash on board the ferry. See noosacarferries.com

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Trains from Brisbane stop at Nambour and Cooroy, where Sunbus collects passengers heading to Noosa. For rail and bus timetables visit www.translink.com.au

For more information, please visit www.visitnoosa.com.au

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